Scotland became the first country to offer free menstrual hygiene products as a legal entitlement.
According to the 2021 Menstrual Products Act, which came into force, local authorities and educational institutions are now obliged to provide products such as pads and tampons free of charge to anyone in need.
In the statement made by the Scottish government, it was stated that 32 million euros were invested to finance access to menstrual products and the new law will strengthen this process.
Monico Lennon, a member of parliament from the Scottish Labor Party, who is campaigning for the menstrual products law, said she was proud to spearhead this new law.
“As the cost of living crisis continues, the Menstrual Products Act has been a beacon of hope for what politicians can do by banding together for the good of the people we serve,” Lennon said. he said.
Social Justice Minister Shona Robison said that free access to menstrual products is indispensable for equality and dignity.
With the “PickupMyPeriod” mobile application, launched earlier this year by Hey Girls in partnership with the Scottish government, anyone in need can find the nearest delivery point to pick up period products.
“The Menstrual Products Act shows Scotland taking the lead in understanding that menstrual products are not luxury items and should be freely available to all,” said Celia Hudson, founder of Hey Girls.
Scotland became the first country to offer hygiene products for free in schools in 2018.
The regulation on menstrual products was approved unanimously in the Scottish Parliament in 2020.
According to a 2017 study by the children’s rights advocacy NGO Plan International, one in 10 girls in the UK cannot afford hygienic menstrual products.